Webster’s Dictionary uses such words as “connection” and “kinship” to define relationships. Think about the relationships in your life. Do you feel a sense of connection and kinship with your friends, siblings, parents, children, mentors, or romantic partner? It is these connections that bring us joy, energy, and love. Through these connections we can also experience anger, jealousy, and resentment. No, relationships aren’t always easy and conflict will develop. The future of our relationships is determined by how we work through these conflicts.

An Affirmation to Live By…

I am the most important factor in any relationship I am involved in. Acknowledging this fact is an important first step on my journey to a happy love relationship. I am a valuable human being, but I can be even more valuable than I am now, especially to myself. If I love me, understand me, and am really honest with myself then full sharing relationships will come naturally. They may take a little longer to develop but they are likely to be relationships worth waiting for.

Stages of a Relationship

Do’s and Don’ts of Relationships

Steps for Building Loving Relationships Into Your Daily Routine

Are You Ready for a Relationship?

Healthy Vs. Unhealthy Relationships Chart

 

Resources

ISU Student Wellness

ISU Student Counseling Services

ISU Thielen Student Health Center

Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS)